Nearly 10 years have passed since the Lotus Elise was treated to a full-fledged overhaul, but the British sports car manufacturer facelifted its bread-and-butter offering for 2011.
For the most part, styling revisions are limited to the car’s front fascia. Designers sought to visually tie the Elise with the company’s all-new Evora, replacing the quad headlamps with two angled lamp assemblies. The lower fascia receives a grille and side splitters that ape the Evora, while the upper air intake is also restyled for familiar resemblance. Side air intakes are simplified on the new model, and the engine cover has been restyled.
To cut fuel economy and CO2 emissions, Lotus plans on offering a 1.6-liter I-4 in entry-level European-spec cars. We won’t see that engine in North America, however. Lotus plans on retaining the same Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter four-cylinder in both normally aspirated and supercharged forms.
Lotus plans on debuting the revised Elise at the 2010 Geneva motor show in March, but the earliest examples won’t arrive Stateside until late summer or early fall.